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If you missed Val talking about her latest book, FORENSICS, on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week or want to listen again, there’s still time!

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Presented by 5×15: FORENSICS: An Anatomy of Crime

Presented by 5×15: FORENSICS: An Anatomy of Crime

15th October 2014 – 5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations.

Wednesday 15th October 2014
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Wilton’s Music Hall, London

5×15 Wilton’s Music Hall, London

5×15 brings together five outstanding individuals to tell of their lives, passions and inspirations. There are only two rules – no scripts and only 15 minutes each. 

Val McDermid is in conversation with Kate Summerscale about her latest book Forensics – The Anatomy of Crime

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Forensics- The Anatomy of Crime – Out 2nd October

From TheGuardian – 27th September 2014

The grisly history of forensics – by crime writer Val McDermid

Forensics - The Anatomy of CrimeBlood-sucking flies, exhumed stomachs and DNA profiling – the tools of forensic science have, over the centuries, solved many a gruesome murder

In the public mind, forensic science means cutting-edge technology: well-equipped professionals performing complex experiments in glossy laboratories, as in CSI or Silent Witness. In fact, the real story of forensics is full of courtroom disasters, eccentric pioneers, crowd-pleasing showmen and dangerous (sometimes fatal) research.

For years, authorities and individuals have known that there was more to crime than just testimony: that the scene of the crime, or a murder weapon, or even a few drops of blood, could also bear witness to the truth. The first recorded use of forensics in the solution of a crime comes from a Chinese handbook for coroners called The Washing Away of Wrongs, produced in 1247. One of the many case studies it contains follows the investigation of a roadside stabbing. The coroner examined the slashes on the victim’s body, then tested an assortment of blades on a cow carcass. He concluded that the murder weapon was a sickle. But knowing what caused the wounds was a long way from identifying whose hand had wielded the blade, so he turned to possible motives. The victim’s possessions were intact, which ruled out robbery. According to his widow, he had no enemies. The best lead was the revelation that the victim hadn’t been able to satisfy a man who had recently demanded the repayment of a debt.

Read more – TheGuardian online…


• This is an extract from Val McDermid‘s Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime is published by Profile at £18.99 on 2 October. To order a copy for £14.99, visit guardianbookshop.co.uk or call 0330 333 6846. A major forensics exhibition will be held at the Wellcome Collection, London NW1, in February 2015.

Val to Visit Australia

Val Visits Australia 22rd – 30th September 2014

Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane


Perth: Monday 22 September

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September

Brisbane: Friday 26 September

Sydney: Monday 29 September

Tour Dates

Perth: Monday 22 September  
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Val McDermid on The Skeleton Road at UWA Perth 

Venue: The University Club of Western Australia
Theatre Auditorium, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Ticket price: $29
For more details contact UWA on (08) 6488 2433 or book directly.

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September
6.00pm – 8pm 
Tartan Noir Crime Queen, Val McDermid at the Melbourne Comedy Club 

Host: Sisters in Crime and the Athenaeum Library 
Venue: Comedy Club, 2nd Floor (above Athenaeum Library)
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ticket price: $15/$10 (members of Sisters in Crime, Writers Victoria & the Athenaeum Library/concession)
For more details and to book, visit sistersincrime.org.au

Brisbane: Friday 26 September
Val McDermid at the Grand View Hotel

Venue: The Grandview Hotel
49 North Street, Cleveland
For more details and to book, contact GVH on (07) 3286 1002

Sydney: Monday 29 September
– 8.30pm
Psychology and Crime: Val McDermid in conversation with Michael Robotham
Venue: The Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
For more details and to book, visit swf.org.au


Val McDermid is backing Yes vote

Val McDermid is backing Yes vote

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is backing the Yes vote

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has come out in favour of a Yes vote in September’s independence referendum.

The Fife-born author revealed her support for a vote for independence in The Guardian newspaper. Ms McDermid from Kirkcaldy sees a marked difference in policies flowing from Holyrood compared to Westminster.

The avid Raith Rovers fan said: “The only basis I could find for making a choice is to look at the track record of what the Scottish Parliament has done differently from Westminster since we’ve had some power restored to us.

“And, overwhelmingly, I prefer what we’ve done north of the border — free prescriptions, no student tuition fees, social care for elderly people. So, with a degree of trepidation, I’m going to nail my colours to the mast of aspiration and vote ‘Yes’.

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Val Sponsors Raith Rovers

Raith make killing with new sponsor

Val McDermid sponsors Raith Rovers

New sponsor Val McDermid (left) was at Raith’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against St Johnstone

A Scottish football team are to be sponsored by a famous crime writer from next season.

Val McDermid, who wrote the novels that inspired the Wire In The Blood series, will be the main shirt sponsor for Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship.

The writer is a lifelong fan of the club and already sponsors a stand at the Kirkcaldy club’s Stark’s Park stadium.

She has previously said her financial support for Raith is in honour of her father Jim, who was once a scout for the Fife club.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is another famous supporter of the club and encouraged McDermid to get involved when it was in financial difficulty around a decade ago.

The club said it is an honour to carry the name of her website – valmcdermid.com – on shirts next season.

Despite living in the North of England, the author is often spotted at Rovers matches, including their Scottish Cup quarter-final tie with St Johnstone in March.

With three of Scotland’s biggest clubs also competing with Rovers next season, McDermid hopes there will be extra exposure for the team.

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